We had one new person, one fairly new person, and ten of the usual suspects for an even dozen avid photographers.
Julia started her first portfolio this week and had to show it around, as well as several other people's portfolios.
I brought in two of the four photography books that I borrowed from the Rosamond Library. One was "Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography" by Jeff Smith, Amherst Media Inc., 1999. In this one the author has an interesting business oriented outlook on photography. For example, he says that, while morning and evening are the best lighting, if you want to stay in business you need to learn to work at all hours of the day. He also has an interesting way of judging the lighting. He says that you can judge most of your lighting by looking into your subject's eyes for the correct size and placement of the catch light. If it's not right then your light isn't right. He also says (and shows it with an example) that viewer's eyes don't go to the brightest area of the photo, they go to the area of highest contrast. Anyway, the other three books I borrowed, but haven't read yet, are from a 1983 Kodak Library of Creative Photography. These are simple to read, have lots of examples, and add to my repertoire of photographic techniques.
We talked about Art's photography and he told us about some black light cake frosting that you can buy. That sounds like fun.
Demitri, new to the Friday Night Discussion Group, said that he has been into photography for 25-30 years. He showed us some of his Hawaii photos, several of which looked like right out of a calendar or sales brochure. Demitri likes to frame and hang some of his photos so we talked about frames for a while. He liked Lee's New York night scene so the two of them talked about techniques.
I showed a sampling of my poppy and other flower photos that I had just taken. Here are a few examples.
Art passed around a list of informative web sites that he's collected. I'll try to get those posted on the forum soon.
I described my new ink for my Epson C-66 printer. This printer is still very good but we mostly use it for general use since we have a better one for photo prints but the OEM ink cartridges have gone up to $27 each which is a budget killer. We almost bought a new $89 Kodak printer that advertises lowest cost ink ($10/cartridge) but decided to look for cheaper ink for the C-66 first. We checked a couple of places for price and found (name deleted*) to be the cheapest at $6.99 for remanufactured black and $5.99 for the other colors. We ordered a set of 10, four blacks and two of each of the colors, for $60 (including tax and shipping) for an average of $6 each. We'll see how they work when one of our existing cartridges run out.
Someone mentioned that the blue building in downtown Lancaster is an artist's apartment building. They said that you have to have a minimum percent of your income from your art to live there. That let's me out.
We talked about camera shops and the benefit of having someone local to go to for answers. We also talked about the cost difference between camera shops and online. John said that he shops onsite and online at Canoga Camera, which is only about an hour drive from Lancaster and is pleased with the prices and service.
If you can, please join us each Friday evening at Denny's at the corner of Ave K and 20th West. We begin about 6:30 PM and usually go to at least 8:30 PM. You can drop by at anytime and stay for as long as you like (you don't even have to buy anything). Denny's has graciously provided us a section to ourselves and the service is great.
All photography related subjects are fair game and there's never a planned agenda. You can bring in your questions, your stories, your equipment, your photos (paper or digital), or even just yourself to sit, listen, and/or talk.
I would again like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions. You are welcome to visit the LPA forum and leave your comments......
Glenn Olson, Coordinator and Moderator
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